Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Sayings – The Self

A child is like an axe; even if it hurts, you still carry them on your shoulders.

Finnish Proverb

Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog, now ‘Sunday Sayings.I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.

These wise words offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.


11 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings – The Self”

  1. Hah! I love the ax comparison. So true, they can also cut deep and have sharp tongues, but keep you warm – firewood, I know I’m stretching it – in the cold. O.K. it’s handed over, what will you do with it?

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    1. The Finnish proverb will sit in my mind for a short while. I selected it because it grabbed my attention and help me relate to something in my own life. I agree with your interpretation. Children’s actions can often cut deep and thoughts of them constantly keep me warm, although I rarely need warming up as I live in the subtropics and it is darn hot here right now! No firewood needed these days. I used to actually have a fireplace in a previous house and it was delightful in winter – even though we only used it for a few weeks. I so enjoyed it.

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    1. Why yes you could, Ju-Lyn. The proverb could just as well work with things that are priceless. Things such as children or a solid friend are some things that we readily make a sacrifice for because, ironically we selfishly want them near and dear to us. We don’t want to lose them or see them suffer. Is that what you meant?


    1. Thanks very much for your comment, Moon. When I think about the Shaw quote, I think, we all find ourselves in some way, but some are much more pro-active than others at finding out. Some might only give it a passing thought while others contemplate just where they are going and who they are, frequently. I think keeping ourselves open to the possibilities of life will mean sometimes we surprise ourselves at what we can do and thus who we are. If we maintain a narrow mind, nothing much will change. And that’ll mean stagnation! Who wants that?


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